If Mr. Eymann, developer of the Marina District, refers to Tim Schwanger or his cohorts as "negative," they shouldn't take offense. Their approach to public discourse has become negative.
They pick and choose partial facts and spin them into a veil of fallacies. Schwanger's recent letter to the Register claimed "the project has been whittled down to $44 million." Reality check: the first phase (of three) may be $44 million, but conveniently left out is that there are two more phases to come AND the figure doesn't include land acquisition and other costs. At a minimum Schwanger is misleading the public.
The city should be commended for taking a cautious approach on this project. By signing incremental development agreements, the city retains its options for future development (or not). The city should also be commended for restructuring the agreement so taxpayers have even less financial exposure.
Now the group wants to vote again? The voters approved this whole project last November. The matter is settled.
Sadly, all the good the Watchdogs once did is being squandered by questionable tactics. This ugliness doesn't become them and this wonderful community doesn't deserve the economic debris they leave in their wake.